Published in September, 2016 Invenio magazine
Living the life of your dreams isn’t always easy but when this Land Rover turned up on our driveway in July, 2016 we had the opportunity to talk to someone who had found a way to live the life of his dreams.
David Priddis has spent the last six years travelling around the world. Born in Australia and brought-up in Jersey, UK; he was popping in to spend a few days with us on his way back to Jersey.
David is an experienced Overlander. On his first trip of 389 days travelling overland 32,955 miles/53,587kms he drove from Jersey, UK to Cape Town, South Africa in a Land Rover Defender; and back again.
Loving the experience, on his return in April, 2005 he started to plan for his next trip.
His journey around the world took him across four continents – Asia, Americas, Australia, South Asia, and Europe. David left Jersey on the 16th May, 2011 to spent two years living out of his Land Rover Defender (which he calls Goliath) travelling to some of the fabulous corners of the world. He drove across Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, and into Asia. This journey alone was 218 days covering 27,046 miles/43,814kms.
Each one of us lives a journey. How successfully depends upon the time we take to plan and experience that journey. As coaches and mentors we always help the client understand their journey starting from where they are today and helping them identify where they want to be. Although David physically travelled around the world, not every client needs to do that. Most of our clients want to change one or more things in their life – personal or professional – and they will do it in their current location.
Whether your client is travelling to reach a goal or remaining in their current location to reach their goal, the steps are the same.
- Be clear about what/who they want to do/be.
Often our clients have a dream, an idea, or an inspiration; but they have not defined the clarity of their goal. This is the time for them to create their clarity.
- Create their SMARTER goal.
- Break it down into ‘milestone’ steps.
This allows your client to start to understand what they need to do to achieve their goal. David talked about understanding the seasons in each country he wanted to visit before starting to plan his route. Even though your client may not know the details of each milestone, it is key for them to start to understand the steps they will need to take to achieve their goal. Time is often an element that is not taken into consideration.
It is important that you visualise yourself having achieved your goal. Questions like ‘if you take yourself into your future to a point where you have successfully achieved your goal, what are you actually doing?’ will help the client visualise themselves.
- Believe in yourself.
It’s important for your client to know that they can achieve their goal, even if they don’t know how they are going to do it.
- Take one step at a time.
Often our clients are excited about wanting to make the change or achieve something new that they try to take on too much. Taking one step at a time within the timeframe available will allow the client to achieve their goal without stress and successfully.
- Expect change.
It’s easy to plan a route forward, but sometimes your client may not be successful and may need to stop – reflect – find a new way forward. I remember as a child growing up in Malawi that we often had to stop when we were driving down a road because of flooding or subsidence in the road; look at the map; and find a way around it.
- Stay positive.
It is easy to get disillusioned when something does not go your way, or does not succeed in the way that you thought it should. “Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence”. Colin Powell
- Write it down.
It’s important to keep a record of your progress. Write down your failures and recognise how you turned them into successes. Write down your successes. Each time you successfully reach a milestone, write about it. Take your journal out and write down the challenges, the highs, the lows, the concerns, the fun, and capture your feelings and emotions.
Zig Ziglar says “What you get by reaching your destination isn’t nearly as important as what you become by reaching your goals—what you will become is the winner you were born to be!” Take time out to reflect on your journey.
David reached his destination in Asia on the 19th December, 2011 and put Goliath into a container to continue his travels on the American continent. His journey in America started on 18th January, 2012 where he proceeded to travel the length and breadth of the American continent, driving up to Alaska and down to the southern tip of Argentina and back up to a country where he could ship Goliath to Australia (15th May, 2013). This leg of his around the world journey was 484 days covering 47,511 miles/76,967kms.
Needing to stop and reflect, work to pay the continuing bills; David didn’t recommence his around the world journey until 15th June, 2015 when he set off around Australia. This leg of his journey was 185 days covering 17,589 miles/28,494kms, which he completed on 16th December, 2015 when he put Goliath back into a container on their way to India.
Reunited with Goliath on the 18th January, 2016 he drove across India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, through the Balkan states, Italy, and into France; where he arrived with us on 25th July, 2016.
Before setting off on his worldwide journey, David purchased the Land Rover of his choice; planned how to use the space; added a long range fuel tank and a huge drinking water tank; created compartments for everything he needed to be able to camp out in the wild. As one of the top kayakers in the world today he found space on his roof-rack to add his kayak and space inside to add all his kayaking gear. When you are planning a trip of around 147,000 miles/238,000kms each element of what you need must be planned accurately.
This is true of every change that our clients want to make in their lives, and for every goal that they want to achieve. Unlike David, they do not need to plan for the unexpected in advance; but they must be able to take one step forward each day towards their goal.
Leaving us a few days later he wandered through the final 500 miles or so until he boarded his ferry on the 4th August, 2016 to Jersey, UK. Another 200 days of exploring (21,000+ miles/33,800+kms), meeting new people, finding new trails to follow, and generally allowing Goliath to find his own path.
As coaches we motivate our clients to find their own way from where they are today, to where they want to be in their lives. As mentors we also motivate our clients by helping them with our own knowledge and experiences to find their own way from where they are today, to where they want to be in their lives.
As a coach or a mentor, how can you help an Overlander like David work out his next steps? He has successfully completed two periods of exploration in his life – Africa first (1 year travelling); and then an around the world journey which took in four continents (4 years travelling over a 6 year period). What next?
Living the journey of your dreams
is a journey of self-discovery and achievement!
© Barbara J. Cormack
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